Lisbon 5, Paris 1 – Scoring three times in the first period and twice in the second period gave Lisbon a chance to play conservatively and defensively for more than a period en route to a home win over the Southern Conference’s best team. Paris has been uncharacteristically slumping lately (4 wins in the last 11 games) and they looked uninspired Thursday. The fact that Lisbon’s second line of Joe Pavelski, Magnus Paajarvi and Emerson Etem was on fire was the main reason Lisbon won in a walk. The line accounted for 3 goals and each member of the line finished with 2 points in the game. Unfortunately for Lisbon, that line’s momentum came to an abrupt halt when it was revealed Paajarvi injured an ankle and will be shelved for up to two weeks. Kari Ramo saved 20 shots to get the win in goal.
Minsk 6, Stockholm 1 – Nicklas Backstrom added 3 more to his league-leading point total and Stockholm-area native Tony Martensson scored a pair of goals in his old stomping grounds as Minsk moved 15 points ahead of the league’s second best team. The Hussars have lost only 9 times in 64 games this season. In their last 14 games, Minsk has lost just once and that was in overtime when visiting Helsinki used an overtime goal by Alexander Radulov to take the extra point in the standings.
Edinburgh 4, Helsinki 3 – The Capitals erased a 2-0 Helsinki lead and scored four times in the last two periods. Sidney Crosby had a goal and two assists in the win. Three Edinburgh players – Crosby, Jamie Benn and Sam Reinhart – had 7 shots on goal and Jakub Kovar out-dueled Henrik Lundquist in goal.
Berlin 3, Bern 1 – Jan Laco was fabulous in goal for Bern, otherwise the score would have been much more lopsided in favor of the Smurfs. Berlin outshot the visiting Bears 48-14 in the game but it was a tense, one-goal game until Berlin put it away with an empty net goal near the end. Somehow, the media at the game voted Jiri Tlusty as the first star over Laco. Tlusty assisted on the Smurf’s first goal and scored the eventual game-winner late in the first period.
London 4, St. Petersburg 2 – The Dons gave St. Petersburg a two-goal head start before storming back and leaving Russia with a win in regulation time. Jeff Sinner scored twice for London with Rick Nash getting an assist on both goals. Jake Gardiner and Sam Gagner also scored for London, while St. Pete’s Jeff Petry and Vladimir Sobotka scored first-period goals. In addition to his goals, Skinner led everyone on the ice in shots with 7, and blocked shots with 4.
Munich 4, Dublin 1 – Munich’s season has been a maddening series of ups and downs and on Thursday, against a hot team, the Dire Wolf came up with one of their best games of the season. They ended up outshooting the Fighting Irish 41-20 in the game and really closed the door on the visitors in periods two and three. A crowd of 19,303 attended the game and saw Travis Zajac lead the way for their team. The veteran center scored to tie the contest at 1-1 in the second period and then assisted on the last two goals of the game. Fyodor Malykhin and Filip Forsberg each had 6 shots on goal and one score for the Dire Wolf. Munich is currently a point out of the last playoff spot, but has a game in hand over 8th-place Zurich.